Art, entertainment, and wine meet

The Oliver Community Arts Council’s Fall Art Show and Sale gets better every year.  “An impressive display of artwork” and “Best art show ever” were two of many comments from visitors to the annual 2-day show held over the weekend at the Oliver Community Hall.

Saturday’s opening saw a hundred pieces of artwork in 9 categories displayed.  Guests to the show were treated with art provided by the novice and professional; and the young and old. Many talented artists entered their best art into the show viewed by a crowd of visitors.

As the art lovers mingled, enjoying the artwork, and meeting the artists,  Brock Jackson, morning host of EZ Rock lent his smooth charm as M.C.  in directing the evening opening reception’s festivities. Musical entertainment was provided by the ever popular group, “Jazz Out West” featuring the vocals of Iris Larratt.  Joining her throughout the evening playing crowd favorites, was band members; Jim Wyse, Bob Park and Bob Larratt. The talents of all these wonderful entertainers soothed the crowd well into the evening as everyone anxiously awaited the results of the days voting.

It was a hard choice for the viewers to mark their ballot for the best of each category as noted by 4 tie votes.  In the end, Michael Jordan of Osoyoos, won Best in Show, for his Oil painting, “Thin Ice – Blue Lake”. Se below for all the category winners.

Sunday’s show was a feature of Oliver’s fabulous Festival of the Grape. Legions of wine lovers took the opportunity to break from the heat and come into the cool to view the many talents of our local and area artists. Some impressed enough to take home a purchased piece of original art.

The fundraiser draw replacing the previous silent auction was a big hit.  Everyone wanted to be a winner but there was only one ticket drawn. Shirley Munro, a newcomer to Oliver, won the draw for the wine fridge filled with generously donated bottles of wine from local wineries.

The Oliver Community Arts Council congratulates all the winners and thanks the many volunteers responsible for making this show a huge success.